The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Georgia has shut its doors because dogs are getting extremely ill. No new dogs will be accepted, and no dogs will be adopted during this time. According to shelter workers, dogs who were playful and healthy one day seemed extremely ill the next.
One dog has died of an upper respiratory illness. According to a MyFoxAtlanta.com interview, Mr. Moore, Director of Gwinnett County Animal Welfare said:
We actually had one animal pass away from this, so today we decided to take preemptive action and get UGA involved to try to find out what it is.”
The director said in the last two weeks dogs have been getting very ill very quickly and when one dog died, they decided to take preventative action to try to stop the situation from getting worse. There is also a quarantine at another site for animals coming and going. The illness appears to be limited to canines and has not affected people or cats.
The shelter is closed to the public and no animals will be allowed in, and animals in the shelter will not be allowed to leave. This is a voluntary quarantine, and the shelter will be closed for at least four days.
According to the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter website: Doctor Evans, Medical Director for the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center, has made contact with the pathology laboratory at the University of Georgia. Dr. Evans has been advised that the samples that were submitted are in virus isolation awaiting results in the next few days. Under Dr. Evans’ guidance the shelter has decided to take prophylactic measures by starting all dogs that are currently in the shelter on Doxycycline. Doxycycline is an antibiotic that will be beneficial no matter what the test results show.
The current issue at the shelter is that there is only a very limited supply of the Doxycycline . Director Chip Moore is putting out a plea to local animal shelters, veterinary offices and any supplier of this drug to make contact with him. Director Moore is not seeking a donation; he will be purchasing the antibiotics, however he needs to know where the medication is available to be purchased in large quantity. Currently there are approximately 150 animals in need of this medication. Director Moore also states that we will only be able to purchase medications from a veterinary office, animal shelter or supplier. The shelter will not be able to accept any individual personal donations of this medication.
To contact Director Moore, please email the shelter at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word Doxycycline in the subject line of the email.
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